Kate is a writer, academic and researcher specialising in travel accounts, colonial writing, botanic gardens and lexicography. She is Emeritus Fellow of the School of Humanities at the University of Roehampton, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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Kate’s latest book is Palace of Palms: Tropical Dreams and the Making of Kew (Picador, 2020). It was chosen as a Times and New Statesman Book of the Year. The paperback is out 10 June 2021.